Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes a step in a different direction as we visit a hot spot in Blowing Rock, NC, for a cold treat, Kilwins. “Sweet in every Sense since 1947” Kilwins serves just about everything to satisfy your sweet tooth, chocolates, caramel apples, brittle, fudge, and ice cream. Dora here. There’s ALWAYS a crowd around Kilwins! Even in winter.

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There’s ALWAYS a crowd around Kilwins!

Usually, there’s a line inside the store and out.

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The line backs up outside the store.

You have to pass the fudge counter to get to the ice cream. Torture!

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To get to the ice cream counter, you have to pass the fudge counter first. Torture!

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Fudge made in-house

Finally! The ice cream!!

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Lots and lots of flavors to choose from!

On this trip, I chose ice cream, chocolate chip topped with caramel sauce. The ice cream is smooth, silky, and full of huge chocolate chunks. I can’t call them chips because they were like pieces of chocolate incorporated in the ice cream. It was a great ending to a long day of work.

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Chocolate Chip with Caramel Sauce

Dora here. From day one of trying Kilwin’s, I have only ever ordered the Toasted Coconut ice cream. That’s how good it is. None of the other flavors have even tempted me to stray from the Toasted Coconut. Creamy. Decadent. Rich. But not in a way that stops you from digging that spoon to the very bottom of the bowl. And those coconut flakes? Dipped in chocolate, people! 

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Toasted Coconut, and yes, those flakes are toasted in CHOCOLATE, people!

It’s obvious from the first bite that they use quality ingredients, so for two one-scoop cups, we forked over $10. But, as an ice cream lover, this treat is worth every penny. 

Street parking is free in Blowing Rock, but you might have to circle a few times to find a spot. There’s a two-story parking garage a couple blocks away, also free, but it’s full sometimes too. Maybe, if you’re lucky like we were on this particular occasion, you can snag a spot here. Or, better yet, a bench. 🙂

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Maybe, if you’re lucky as we were on this occasion, you can snag a parking spot here. 🙂

Are you an ice cream lover? How much will you pay for ice cream?

We rate this ice cream place 5 spoons out of 5 for a family friendly place serving outstanding ice cream.

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Excited about Eating by Ernie & Dora Hiers

This edition of Excited about Eating takes us to a British themed pub in Blowing Rock, NC, Six Pence Restaurant and Pub.

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Located right on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. Park for free on the street or in a garage a couple blocks away.

Dora here. Located right on Main Street, you’ll be lucky to snag a spot on the street. But, parking is free in Blowing Rock (as of this post), and there’s also a two-story garage a couple blocks away, also free. If it’s nice, take our cue and sit outside. The inside is cramped and a bit divey. Considering their other locations, an update here is long overdue. But even Old Man Winter and being forced to eat inside doesn’t stop us from choosing this place. lol.

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If it’s nice, be sure to snag a table on the patio. The inside is a bit cramped and divey. An update is long overdue.

For an appetizer, I chose the soup of the day, a beer cheese with bacon and andouille sausage. The soup was great, not real thick like most beer cheese soups, more like a brothy soup. The bacon and sausage was plentiful and it was served with corn bread. Dora here. Soooo good, even at 80 degrees outside!

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Soup Special: Beer Cheese with Bacon and Andouille Soup. Sooo good. Even at 80 degrees outside.

For my lunch, I chose the small order of the Fish & Chips, two large cod tenderloins and pub fries. Now this fish was some of the best I have ever tasted, the beer batter fried crispy, but inside, tender and flaky and meaty. If you really have an appetite, order the large and you get one more fish plank. Dora here. Whenever I crave Fish & Chips, this is the place I want them. The BEST ever! Not greasy at all, and sooo meaty and pull-apart tender. YUMMILICIOUS!

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Fish & Chips, the best EVER!

Still Dora. Whenever we visit Six Pence, I always alternate between the Fish & Chips and the Shepherd’s (or cottage) pie. Today, I was craving the pie. Comfort food for sure, and it’s especially satisfying in the winter. But even in the middle of summer the rich tomatoey meaty base, that big puff of mashed potatoes, and cheese that pulls with your fork calls my name. lol.

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Shepherd’s (or Cottage) Pie. Pure meaty and cheesy goodness! Comfort food for sure!

If you’re craving something sweet at the end of your meal (because you surely won’t be hungry!), skip the dessert menu and head a couple storefronts down to Kilwin’s. Toasted Coconut Ice Cream, oh YEAH, baby! But that, my friends, is a blog for another day. ❤

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Toasted Coconut Ice Cream. OH, YES!

What about you? Do you have a favorite restaurant you visit mostly in summer? What about winter?

We rate this restaurant 5 forks out of 5 for a family friendly pub serving outstanding food.

Six Pence Pub Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato